The lovely ladies at Bellamianta have been on hand to spray tan the willing celebs of Dancing with the Stars and are keen to share their top tips on avoiding the tangoed look!

Which is why we went straight to the professionals to find out how we should be applying our fake tan before our own night on the dance floor. 

You girls (Lisa and Annette) have been on the set of Dancing with the Stars to spray tan the celebs - some want to do their own but for all of the contestants that you tan, how is it all going?
They are all fantastic, they are an amazing bunch and the dancers are so professional, it's a real eye-opener to see how much work goes in behind-the-scenes to pull it together. The girls are also fantastic and so down to earth.

Denise McCormack tweeted pics of the girls tanning party!


How about those who never had their tan done before, such as RTÉ Sports presenter, Des Cahill?Des had never had a spray tan prior to the show, however, he was happy to try it out after seeing all the other guys getting it done - he loved the results.

Des just brightens our days, even after a long day’s rehearsals he keeps everyone up beat. Really, they are all very professional about it and we love working with them all. 

I think you will agree that all their spray tans looked fantastic, not forgetting the gorgeous hosts Amanda [Byram] and Nicky [Byrne].

Des Cahill with his dancing partner Karen Byrne
Des Cahill with his dancing partner Karen Byrne

We've all made mistakes when it comes to fake tan - how can we avoid tan fails?!
Don't ever be tempted to layer on the tan to get a deeper colour. You should only ever use one or two coats (not ten) as your tan should enhance your appearance, and still look natural.

The Tanning Rule Book:

  1. Prepare your skin by shaving or waxing, moisturising and exfoliating twenty-four hours in advance.
  2. Apply tan to clean skin that is free from all products.
  3. Use a tanning mitt to apply your product and go from the ankles upwards in a circular motion.
  4. Only use the residue left on the mitt for the face, hands and feet. 
  5. If you have drier areas on your skin, for example, the skin on your hands and elbows, apply a little oil-free moisturiser one hour after application as it will stop your tan developing too dark on these areas.
  6. Shower the following morning and tap yourself dry, avoid vigorous rubbing with towels.
  7. Apply an oil-free moisturiser all over to ensure your skin is kept hydrated and do this every day to maintain your tan and ensure even wear off.
  8. Use an exfoliating glove to gently remove dead skin cells from day three onwards. 

Tune into brand new Dancing with the Stars every Sunday on RTÉ One at 6.30pm. Watch Blathnaid Treacy's Can't Stop Dancing every Friday at 8:30 pm on RTÉ One. Catch up on DWTS on RTÉ Player!